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LittWorld 2012 the biggest and best

LittWorld 2012 is now history. The MAI staff and I are still “processing” the conference experience—sorting through our notes, reports, finances and other details.

But it’s safe to say this LittWorld ranks as one of the best so far in terms of quality of program, speakers and participants. Certainly, it was the largest, with 194 participants from 50 countries. (I hope you were able to keep up with the conference through postings and photos on MAI’s Facebook, Twitter and LittWorld blog.)

Here are some of the conference highlights:

*The 24 participants at the Francophone publishers “pre-conference” took steps to form a network for continued interaction and potential partnership. These same participants stayed on for LittWorld and contributed to the strong Francophone presence at the conference.

*All the plenary speakers did an excellent job. Plenty of “buzz” especially surrounded the presentations by Paul P. (an inside look at publishing in China), Awsam W. (describing his writing on social issues in Egypt during the Arab spring), and Jules Ouoba (recounting his perseverance in publishing despite the many crises in Cote d’Ivoire).

*Many people commented on the morning devotional times facilitated by Soo-Inn Tan of Singapore, which involved speakers from different parts of the world and times of small-group prayer.

*Each workshop leader in the different tracks also did a stellar job. The Good News Productions video crew filmed five-minute interviews with the speakers and workshop leaders in which they summarized the main points of their teaching. We’ll use these videos as teaching tools on the MAI website and LittWorld blog.

*Given the size of our conference group, and the many logistical details, it was extremely helpful to have a team of 7 volunteer conference staff from College Church in Wheaton (IL) helping behind-the-scenes with the many tasks. And, for the past two years, our Africa host team, chaired by Barine Kirimi, has been working hard and long hours to make the conference possible.

*On the final night of LittWorld, we formally announced plans to create an MAI-Africa Trustees group. Wambura Kimunyu introduced to participants the future Africa Trustees in attendance. LittWorld participants brought items from their home countries that could be sold at the conference, with proceeds going toward the launch of MAI-Africa. Some $1,058 USD was raised from that.

We did have a few unexpected “blips” along the way, to be sure. Yet God definitely answered prayers from MAI friends around the world. For example, everyone needing visas for LittWorld got one.

Christ’s presence was felt in the obvious sense of oneness in Him. “It is such a great thing to be part of this worldwide family called MAI,” wrote Balázs Zagoni of Koinonia Publishers of Romania. “I pray for wisdom and strength and open hearts and ears to listen to God for all MAI-people across the world.”

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